Dry those tears, Jack is here. You weren’t crying? How callous. Today was an exciting day, things just came together perfectly. The sun was shining in all its splendour, with a pleasant breeze, the appearance of a two headed tulip probably heralds the coming of the chosen one, no, not me, I’m just gardener class. A kind soul had supplied me with a blackberry bush, which I was re-potting, when I heard of dahlias being uprooted. What arrived wasn’t quite what I had expected. Let’s tell this in pictures, shall we?
Now, being the quick thinker I am, I immediately started to think of where to put them. These would do in pots, they needed soil. But where? The garden is full. A new section would cause troubles. You know what this narrative needs? A murder!
Thus ends…what? Oh, the bush? It was planted in someone else’s garden. Not that they were told about it. You think I’m joking, right? Nope. I never really liked the bush, it just didn’t mesh with the surrounding plants. So instead I removed the matting and dug a trench for the dahlias. The day-lias or the dah-lias is your choice. The bush hadn’t very many roots funnily, that’s not often the case, but pleasantly surprising. So the soil was loose and rich and almost completely weed-free. Now it’s filled with flowers and looks like this:
The day was just right for gardening and I was itching to get started with something. I enjoy these posts as they encourage me to take more photos and give me a little piece of gardening later in the day. I do have a recipe post for tomorrow and yes, dull I know, it’s the triple seed…boil? Can I use boil like we use bake in naming recipes? No? Oh. Well, you’re getting an amaranth, Buckwheat and Quinoa combo. Probably with a nut butter option. My buckwheat is almost out of date so this might be the last groat recipe. So, gardening. Right…
I wish I had some really sage, heh, advice to share with you all. I’m drawing a blank. Oh! If you do decide to dig your garden the best way to save your back and avoid wasting your time is to just dig down the length of the spade and turn the soil over. I just skim the top if it’s very rough, slowly working down. The ground can be compressed and trying to shove all that soil out of the way can be tiring and a waste of effort. Slow and steady saves you and your time. I haven’t had any back troubles since I started taking my time instead of trying to rush it. A good solid shovel helps too, you can get a light or heavy one depending on your preference. I like a heavy shovel, but that’s just me.
The gloves are on because I have troubles with my lower finger joints. Top are fine, but any cold and the lower becoming agonisingly stiff. They’re filthy because they’re in constant use. There’s always something in frame, isn’t there. A bit of plastic, a watering can, whatever. The garden is constantly changing, plants are popping up and popping off. I’m on al sides tending, musing and worrying. That’s my job.
Ah. Yes. You can end up spending way too much money on fancy, expensive bulbs, seeds etc. Some are worthwhile, you can get some unusual flowers that would be worth paying more for, but on the other hand you can also pay for the privilege of paying more. Remember that success isn’t guaranteed. Depending where you are you might be able to get cheaper bulbs and seeds. There are stores near me that sell great bulbs cheap, lots of gardening stuff that’s all good. It’s worth looking into, some supermarkets do specials where you can get different plants and flowers weekly. Vegetables too. Saving seeds is a good option too, but be careful with things like potato skins, though they’ll grow they can transfer diseases to the soil. Seeds collected from organic vegetables should be fine and viable. Worth a try if nothing else. Buy your seeds online if you want to buy rather than save. You can get free postage after the first pack from most eBay sellers.
Water. No, I’m not thirsty. Don’t forget to water your plants. Especially in the heat, you won’t burn them, but you’ll kill them if they dry out and then try to absorb water. The best time is when the heat is high as the water will protect the plants and hold the heat for the colder night-time. If it’s very hot you might have to water your potted plants and vegetables twice or three times a day. Don’t forget your sunscreen either or you’ll need to be taken care of too. I’m responsible, dull, but responsible.
Slowly life returns to the garden, dear reader. Sudden burst of activity slowly lapse into waiting and then a flurry of planting. There will be losses, unexpected successes and hopefully more windfalls of free flowers. I hope you’ll stay with me through this year’s journey, maybe share your own experiences too. I shall see you tomorrow with a new recipe. Assuming it doesn’t turn out as mush. Optimistic, aren’t I? Heh. Later.